Last week it was reported that Van Morrison would be reissuing his classic album, Moondance. There would be a single disc version, a two-disc version, with unreleased takes of the tracks, and a five-disc version, with an enormous amount of extra tracks and a Blu-Ray audio disc of the original, remastered album. This reissue is sure to be a big seller.
The problem, however, is that Van Morrison himself was not involved in the planning or creation of this reissuing. He issued a statement on his website, saying:
"Yesterday Warner Brothers stated that "Van Morrison was reissuing Moondance". It is important that people realise that this is factually incorrect. I did not endorse this, it is unauthorised and it has happened behind my back.
My management company at that time gave this music away 42 years ago and now I feel as though it's being stolen from me again
18th July 2013"
Based on his response to the news of the reissue, it looks like he may not have even known that they were making it. This seems to be the latest problem in Van Morrison's long history of difficulties with management companies and labels.
Warner Bros. does not need permission from Morrison for the reissue. It is unknown whether or not Morrison will make any money off of the reissue, being that he doesn't seem to own the rights to the music. We'll just have to wait until September 30 to find out.